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Portraits of Insects

Portraits of Insects Claimed

Microsculpture - The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss: From the collections of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Exhibition Overview

Portraits of Insects

Exhibition Type
Contemporary Art, Nature, Science and Technology
Area Size
200 to 500 sqm
Designed For
Museums and Galleries
Science Centres
Outdoor Spaces
Hiring Fee

For a 3-month rental excl. transport, installation, insurance:

This hiring fee is set for the following exhibition format:
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Core Experience
Immersive digital experience
Panels and graphics




The photographs of Levon Biss cast specimens from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History’s entomology collection quite literally in a new light. Their scale and resolution not only reveal the unexpected and often breathtaking beauty of insects, but also make clear the many intricate evolutionary adaptations to their form – what entomologists call microsculpture. Each image in this groundbreaking exhibition is created from over 8,000 individual photographs using a bespoke lighting system and microscope lenses. Levon’s photographic process provides unparalleled levels of microscopic detail enabling the artworks to be printed up to 3m in height, providing a unique and unforgettable visual experience for the audience. Drawn from every country in the world, the images in this collection holds material from some of the most remote regions and islands. It includes the world’s oldest pinned insect and thousands of insects collected by pioneering explorers and biologists such as Charles Darwin, Alfred Russell Wallace and David Livingstone. Also included within the hire package are the behind-the-scenes video and interactive touch screen app. For further information please visit or email [email protected]



General Information

Available Package Options
Content only
More Details About Technical Requirements
36 images are available in the Mircosculpture exhibition, the majority of which can be printed up to 3m x 2m. The photographs are hired on a licence basis, enabling each venue to design and produce an exhibition to perfectly suit the size and layout of their venue. Each image is offered with captions explaining information on the specimen, graphics panels also provide text on the project, photographic process and artist. It is possible to combine the Microsculpture exhibition with the display of insects from the host museum's personal collection, providing a perfect environment to present specimens to the public that are normally not hidden. Along with a behind-the-scenes video, an interactive touchscreen app is provided within the hire package and technical assistance is provided in set-up. The app can be run locally on multiple devices (iPad or larger touchscreen) with no requirement for internet connection. Assistance and advise on printing is provided to ensure the best level of quality for each exhibition and an exhibition toolkit is provided to help with production and promotion of the show.


Past and Future Venues
Past exhibitions: Oxford University Museum of Natural History,Oxford, United Kingdom 27th May 2016 - 29th January 2017 Xposure International Photography Festival Sharjah, United Arab Emirates 12th - 29th October 2017 Neues Museum Biel, Biel, Switzerland 11th February - 26th April 2017 Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy 4th - 9th April 2017 Horizons Environmental Photo Festival, Zingst, Germany 20th May - 5th June 2017 Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark 18th May - 18th November 2017 Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, Basel, Switzerland 1st September - 29th October 2017 Naturama,Svenborg, Denmark 6th February - 25th November 2018 Hessischer Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, Germany 4th May - 5th August 2018 Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, Houston, USA 13th July 2018 - 13th January 2019 Maastrict Natural History Museum, Masstrict, The Netherlands 8th December 2018 - 21st April 2019 Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom 29th June - 15th September 2019 Naturhistoriska riksmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden 28th September 2019 - 31st July 2020 Newcastle Museum, Newcastle, Australia 05th Dec 2019 - 1st March 2020 Future exhibitions in 2020: France, Norway, Sweden. Please email [email protected] for details of these future exhibitions.

Extra Info

Exhibition Add-Ons
Education kit
Media kit
Exhibition App
Catalogue / book
Documentary film

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